Motaung Mourns Passing Of Winnie Mandela
Kaizer Motaung Senior has spoken of his sadness following the passing of ‘Mother of the Nation’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The sad news was confirmed yesterday that the anti-apartheid activist and had lost her battle with illness, and at the age of 81 had passed away.
Nelson Mandela’s former wife died at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, with a statement saying that she ‘died after a long illness‚ for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year’.
Motaung, the owner of Kaizer Chiefs, says that the club are deeply saddened by the news, calling her an ‘icon’.
Motaung’s full statement read:
“It is sad news indeed… We are bidding farewell of one of the important anti-apartheid icons that played an immeasurable role championing the struggle for our liberation.
“The name of Winnie Mandela is cast in stone and is undoubtedly included in the history books of South Africa. This is a woman amongst many others who stood out, fighting and showing resilience during the days when apartheid was the order of the day. She was a light in the dark days in our history and that’s how she will be remembered.
“It is a sad moment for the bereaved family and friends, including the rest of South Africa and the world at large.”
“Words cannot express my shock. Winnie is a huge tree that has fallen. It is now up to the new generation to continue the struggle for true equality. Winnie Mandela fulfilled her mission. We should now either fulfil or betray her ideals.
“We shall also remember the role she played in government, including being the Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology as well as a member of the African National Congress.
“Her death is hard to accept, however, for someone who has done so much, earning her innings and writing her own story, there’s so much to cherish and to learn from – a catalogue of life lessons. She is gone now, but hers is one of a life lived to the full. We pray that God will give strength to the family. As Kaizer Chiefs, we share in the pain of the family.”
“It is a sad reality that we must allow Mama Winnie to go, moya wa gae o robale ka kgotso. I wish to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and friends, the African National Congress, South Africa and further afield.”